Declivity

De*cliv"i*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Declivities (#).
[L. declivitas, fr. declivis sloping, downhill; de + clivus a slope, a hill; akin to clinare to incline: cf. F. dclivit. See Decline.] 1. Deviation from a horizontal line; gradual descent of surface; inclination downward; slope; -- opposed to acclivity, or ascent; the same slope, considered as descending, being a declivity, which, considered as ascending, is an acclivity.
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2. A descending surface; a sloping place.
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Commodious declivities and channels for the passage of the waters.
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